GEICO Honda signs Bisceglia and Smith

September 29, 2012 7:40am
CORONA, Calif. (Sept. 28) - GEICO Honda's amateur lineup for 2013 is set with budding stars Matt Bisceglia and Jordan Smith signed to race under the team's banner next year.

"They are riders we are grooming with the hopes they'll move up further in our program," said GEICO Honda team manager Mike LaRocco. "Matt will move up to the 'A' class that Zach Bell rode this year. Jordan will fill Matt's spot."

At the Loretta Lynn National this year, Bisceglia, a Texan, won the 250 B Mod title and Smith, who is from North Carolina, won the Schoolboy 1 (12-16) B/C crown.

"Matt has been doing all the right things," LaRocco said. "We're just trying to keep them away from injury. I've not seen Jordan ride yet, but I'll get a good look at him next week. Our owners have a good eye for talent."

LaRocco said the goal for the riders now is to sharpen their skills and let them enjoy their time racing as amateurs.

"You don't want them getting burned out early," LaRocco said. "The main thing for us is to get to know them, get them on good bikes and hopefully they'll get results. When they start to make the transition from amateur to pro is when we lay out things like a set training regimen.

"The amateur racing setup is completely different than what we do at the pro level, but we're always available to our amateur riders if they need advice on how to approach moving up the ladder."

GEICO Honda's pros are going through preseason testing and gearing up for the Monster Energy Cup, which will run on Oct. 20 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.

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